Social Security Maximization
What We Do:
After spending a lifetime of paying into Social Security, we'll help assure you that you're making the best decision possible for you and your family. For many people, this once-in-a-lifetime decision sets up the foundation of your retirement income. We use Social Security planning software in conjunction with our expert team of advisors to simplify the complex issues involved in your unique situation. Social Security planning is very nuanced and can't be done in a vacuum, meaning any advice you receive that doesn't inquire about your current standard of living, your health history, current and future working plans, your investment portfolio, insurance coverages, or retirement goals probably shouldn't be taken too seriously. We'll help you connect the pieces of your working-to-retirement transition so that you're maximizing your Social Security benefits in a way that put the least amount of pressure possible on your personal assets to fill any income gap that might exist after your Social Security income starts. Here are a few examples:
Even if you don't qualify for Social Security benefits on your own record, you can still collect a spousal benefit by virtue of being married to someone who qualifies for Social Security on their own behalf. If you have worked and accumulated your own benefit as well, that's where a deeper level of planning might be needed. Our current Social Security program is in a state of transition - If you were older than 62 on January 1st, 2016 you might be eligible to receive a spousal benefit while your own benefit continues to accumulate by 8% per year. (source) We've seen where married couples (combined with financial flexibility) have the most to gain from coordinating their spousal benefits efficiently. We'll help you make sure you and your spouse have all the data on the table to make an informed decision.
One of the most overlooked aspects of Social Security planning tends to be the importance of the survivor benefit. Our experience has shown us that once you have a clear understanding of how it works, it could cause you to delay your Social Security benefits longer than you might have initially anticipated. This is because once a current (or eligible former) spouse dies, the remaining spouse's income can be significantly less. Knowing how your Social Security decision today affects your loved one down the road is an important step in the Social Security planning process.
How Working Affects Your Benefit
It's becoming more and more common for people to work past the age of 62. Sometimes this is out of necessity and other times its because the individual enjoys their job or sees the positive health benefits of staying mentally engaged in a line of work they enjoy. Regardless, retiring and starting your Social Security benefits are mutually exclusive events. In other words, you don't have to retire to start Social Security benefits. However, there are significant penalties that can be handed out if you don't understand the rules involved. If you want (or need) to work, we'll make sure to include that in your path to Social Security maximization.
And much, much more...
When you visit a Social Security office, representatives are actually prohibited from giving you election advice. This makes sense due to the depth of complexity involved and uniqueness of every retirees financial situation. Listed to the right are other Social Security planning topics that we can help you address to make sure you're maximizing your Social Security benefits.
*Providence Wealth Management, LLC and Providence Advisors Group, LLC are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any government agency.
- Government Pension Offset
- Windfall Elimination Provision
- Child and Disability Benefits
- Family Maximum Benefits
- Social Security Taxation & Withholding
- Divorced Spousal & Survivor Benefits
- File & Suspend and Restricted Applications
- Signing Up for Social Security Benefits Online
- How Your Benefits Are Calculated
We would be honored to help you and your family make the best decision possible regarding Social Security. To learn more on how we can help you do that, please fill out the following form to get started.